By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team
At most shelters, Maisie wouldn’t have stood a chance. A 4-year-old cat who tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) would almost certainly have been put down. But at Animal Friends, Maisie found a place to give her the love and shelter she needed, for as long as she needed it.
When Maisie arrived, she was terrified and withdrawn. She huddled in a corner until a kind volunteer fostered her to help bring her along. In her temporary home, she blossomed, sleeping and cuddling with her foster mom. She came back to Animal Friends, where she waited – and waited - for her forever home. She became sad and depressed as many cats came and went, leaving Maisie behind.
Last week, a young woman visited the Animal Friends web site looking for a new companion, and Maisie’s gorgeous eyes and sleek black fur caught her eye. She called and spoke to a knowledgeable volunteer, who explained that most cats live long and healthy lives with FIV. She came by the next day to visit with Maisie.
Friday, on Maisie’s second anniversary at Animal Friends, she finally met someone who will provide the love and attention she needs and deserves. She climbed onto the young woman’s lap, curled up, and found her forever home. Staff and volunteers were overcome with happy tears as they said goodbye to their longtime friend.
The Cat Cottage, which provides special quarters for FIV+ cats, still houses two year-old Alice and three year-old Patches, who are hoping for a shorter stay than Maisie’s. Check them out on our web site (http://www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org/) or stop by to meet them and give them the happy endings they deserve.